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MajorChoi Jong-bong

Feb. 27, 1927 ~ Oct. 7, 1950

"Little Giant" fighter-bomber to the enemy's camp.

  • Controlling a fighter with a small stature leaning on the back, overcoming adverse conditions.
  • Bombing enemy main fuel-supply depots.
On the morning of April 16, 1951, the 10th Fighter Squadron of the 1st Fighter Wing of the Air Force. Captain Choi Jong-bong took the backrest. He seated on F-51 fighter-bomber for an operation to cut off a supply route for North Korean forces in the Pyeonggang districts of Gangwon-do and Icheon. Due to his small stature, he always had the backrest in one hand when facing the cockpit. He was a reticent expression with a sincere face. The sound of a fighter engine carrying Captain Choi hit his ears. It was the 10th sortie. Captain Choi, seated with his back resting on his back, raised his thumb to his colleagues.

In fact, Captain Choi had flied the L-4 liaison plane. He was also selected as an 'Excellent Pilot' during training when he switched to an F-51 fighter-bomber. It was the result of hard training to overcome the adverse physical condition. Captain Choi has already had a victory record of destroying two North Korean military fuel depots and 35 vehicles loaded with supplies. It was also one of his important duties to deliver supplies to the South Korean Army, which was fighting fiercely with the North Korean Army. The role of collecting supplies was a nuisance to everyone, but Captain Choi did not complain.

Captain Choi led the squadron on that day and flew over the northern skies of Icheon, Gyeonggi-do, and launched an attack on the North Korean Army. At that time, the North Korean anti-aircraft guns, which fired at targets in the air, were the most dangerous equipment on the battlefield, but even Captain Choi could not avoid the anti-aircraft fire on that day. His fighter-bomber was hit by anti-aircraft fire and lost its altitude. He quickly drove the fighters into the deeper positions of the North Korean forces. He was 25 years old.

Air Force Major Choi Jong-bong is from Musu-dong, Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do. After completing elementary school (currently Cheongdo Elementary School), he attended the Japanese Army Flight School. At the age of 23, he entered the Army Aviation Command as a piloting sergeant and was commissioned as a second lieutenant the following year. When the Korean War broke out, he flew L-4 planes as a captain in the Air Force Wing. In all, he successfully completed 60 missions, including searching the North Korean positions and transporting commanders. Considering the inferiority of the Korean Air Force, which did not have a single fighter at the time of the outbreak of the Korean War, it was a great achievement to perform an attack mission against the enemy ground forces with a small plane.